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EDUCATION: Wow, Wilshaw. I'm... Speechless



In his interview featured in the Evening Standard today, Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw offers the following gem of pedagogical wisdom:

"Teachers should say to parents 'You're a bad parent' in the same way that we say to a child 'You're a naughty boy.'"

Sigh.

Quote this back to any experienced teacher, especially one who has spent any time teaching children who have lacked the privilege of a secure home and basic comforts. Regardless of their politics they will invariably tell you exactly what the two most unhelpful comments are when it comes to to redressing bad behaviour or alerting and involving parents. 

That Sir Wilshaw would recommend both of these comments to teachers is evidence of what we have long suspected about Ofsted: its most senior representatives don't know their gluteus maximus from their cubitus when it comes to the craft of the educator.

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